Kiwi Chablis?

I have to say I never thought I’d enjoy getting naked so many times in a blog event, but these naked Chardonnays have been a really pleasant sent surprise. Stopping in at my local dealer I picked his brain about winning unoaked Chardonnays. His eyes lit up whilst he turned on his heal and walked to the corner piping ‘I’ve got just the thing.’ Immediately I thought I had been misheard because he walked over to the ‘New Zealand’ section – and we all know that New Zealand is waisting its time if it tries to make Chard, right? Well that’s what I would have thought til last night when I was presented with a bottle my merchant referred to as ‘Kiwi ’ (Kiwi being antipodean slang for a New Zealander.) The store has one of those cool little flash-chiller’s for white wine, so I frosted the sucker up and walked home with a spring in my step (mainly because of the news that the the ring leader of the Texas Mafia, Karl Rove, is voluntarily getting his corrupt power-grubbing ass out the Whitehouse…) but also because I was excited about my new acquisition.

So without much further adieu I’d like to introduce the Grape Thinking’s Tuesday contender for Wine Blogger Wednesday: Te Henga Unoaked Chardonnay 2006. This wine has made me realize what a serious competitor New Zealand is going to be in the World Cup of Wine, because it shows the sheer scope of wine-making ability the vintners in New Zealand have – and with that, all of their wines are of a superior status, making them very hard to compete with in the white wine and Pinot Noir category. I think has a chance because we do Reds really well. But of course there’s France that does both red and white like no other – but heck, lets get back to WBW for now.

Chablis is to be enjoyed with Oysters – as its minerality and bone-dry profile compliment the texture and briney nature of fresh shucked oysters. Last year, Greg Sr. and I sat in Grand Central Oyster bar, slurping down Widow’s Hole oysters with Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc and it was simply magnificent. However – Te Henga Chardonnay is another serious oyster wine. The wine has been crafted by Joe Babich, and its as smooth as drinking chard will ever be – the flavor profile can be described as no less than immaculate, and puts many white Burgundy’s to shame with its grace.

It’s clean, fresh and dry, with an oyster-shell/ sea breeze minerality. This is a wine to buy by the case, and an even finer wine to see the back of Mr. Rove with.

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  • http://www.thewinoclub.blogspot.com Stacy Nelosn

    I’m so excited! This sounds like a great ‘out of the box’ wine. Perfect for your World Cup of Wine. I’m going to have to seek this one out. Not sure I’m supporting the All Blacks in the Cup, but I will have to make a toast.

    Great review, thanks!

    Stacy Nelson,
    The Original Wino

  • http://www.thewinoclub.blogspot.com Stacy Nelosn

    I’m so excited! This sounds like a great ‘out of the box’ wine. Perfect for your World Cup of Wine. I’m going to have to seek this one out. Not sure I’m supporting the All Blacks in the Cup, but I will have to make a toast.

    Great review, thanks!

    Stacy Nelson,
    The Original Wino

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